All Disney fans know that Disney parks are full of surprises and hidden Easter eggs. Many of these hidden details pay tribute to creator and cartoonist Walt Disney and the long, celebrated history of the parks. Others are just fun little gags that are sure to delight children and adults alike. Disneyland in Anaheim, California was the first park to be opened by Walt Disney, and it has undergone many changes and renovations since its opening day in 1955. Still, the magic that Walt worked hard to ensure his guests back then is still present today. Here are 10 of the quirky or historic details hidden throughout Disneyland.
10 Country Bear Characters Appear In The "Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh" Ride
While the animatronic concert "Country Bear Jamboree" was eventually replaced in Disneyland by the "Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" ride, you can still see references to the original attraction on the newer ride. Characters Max, Buff, and Melvin are visible if you look up and behind you as you enter the "Hunny Heaven" section of the ride. If those names don't ring a bell to you, they are the trio of mounted animal heads that would interact with the audience and banter with each other at the Country Bear Jamboree.
9 Fantasyland Weather Vanes
Curious about which way the wind is blowing? There are various weather vanes topping the buildings in Fantasyland, and even two rides have one: "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" and "Peter Pan's Flight," which has a Tic-Toc-Croc weather vane. Some say that these decorations are used to signify which rides in the Fantasyland section are considered "darker" than the rest. Indeed, the Mr. Toad and Peter Pan rides do seem a little more eerie than the other rides that are filled with colors and lights! There are plenty of other weather vanes throughout the entire park. Keep an eye out or even make it a game!
8 Captain Rex From The Original "Star Tours" Ride Is Still Around
The original "Star Tours" ride, which opened in Disneyland in 1986, was a motion-simulator ride hosted by a quirky little robot named RX-24 a.k.a Captain Rex. The ride was closed down in 2010 and replaced with an updated ride called "Star Tours: The Adventure Continues."
This new ride features droids C-3PO and R2-D2, but Captain Rex can still be spotted while you're waiting in line. Poor Rex is seen being packaged for transport as he's malfunctioning, and if you listen closely you can hear him say a faint and broken version of some of his lines from the old attraction.
7 Snow White's Voice Can Be Heard From The Wishing Well
Snow White's Grotto, a relaxing area next to the main Sleeping Beauty castle, has a wishing well where guests can throw a coin in and make a wish. You may be able to faintly hear Snow White singing after you throw a coin into the well. It echoes, so it really does sound like Snow White is in the well! Another fun fact? It was Walt Disney's idea to include the wishing well and donate all the coins tossed in it to charity, which is a tradition still upheld to this day.
6 Julie Andrews Has A Horse On King Arthur's Carousel
There is one horse on King Arthur's Carousel that appears to be more prominent and almost "lead" the rest of the horses. This horse is named Jingles, and was known to be Walt Disney's favorite of the horses. Julie Andrews, who played Mary Poppins in the original movie, was named as an "Honorary Ambassador" to the Disney brand in 2008 during the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland's grand opening, where the carousel was an original ride. Jingles has been redesigned and dedicated to Julie, with her initials painted on the horse as well as the words "Honorary Ambassador." Jingles now contains many subtle Mary Poppins references on him too.
5 Party Line Phones Play Conversations
Disneyland is always on point with their decorations, and the party line phones at the Market House coffee shop on Main Street are perfectly reminiscent of the 1800's. Have you ever tried picking up one of these decorative phones, though? Give it a try, and listen in on some silly conversations!
The Market House coffee shop is one of the most busiest in the parks, and yet not many people know about the Easter egg hidden within the old-timey style phones. Make sure you eavesdrop on some fun gossip from an older era!
4 There's A Secret Message At The Telegraph Cable Office
You'll hear a mysterious clicking sound at the Telegraph Cable Office at the New Orleans Square Station. Some people might recognize it as morse code, but very few will be able to decipher the message then and there by knowing morse code off the top of their head. For the curious, the message is actually part of Walt Disney's speech on Disneyland's opening day. The clicks are said to translate to: "To all who come to Disneyland, welcome. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future."
3 Pull The Rope At "Indiana Jones Adventure"
While waiting in line for the "Indiana Jones Adventure" attraction, there are tons of props to gaze at. But have you ever attempted to touch one? For instance, there is a well with a rope with a sign that very clearly says "Caution. Do Not Pull Rope! Handling Fragile Artifacts." Well, any true adventurer will not be able to stop themselves from yanking on that rope! Doing so will result in various audio responses before you finally head a loud crash. You'll also hear a crash if you touch the bamboo pole that has a sign that says "Danger! Do Not Touch Pole."
2 Manhole Covers In Toontown Play Music
There's a fountain at the center of the Mickey's Toontown area that proudly boasts a statue of Mickey as a conductor and holding an orchestra baton. What many people don't take the time to explore, however, are the manhole covers surrounding the fountain. There is an instrument imprinted on each of these manhole covers, and stepping on one will result in the corresponding instrument playing. Mickey really is conducting an orchestra, and you can actually make music with him! This could keep any kid distracted for a while!
1 The Bench That Started It All Is In Disneyland
In the foyer for the "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" attraction, you'll see a bench with a plaque. While the bench might seem random on its own, the plaque will explain the important significance of the bench's presence. Walt Disney first came up with the idea for Disneyland while sitting on that exact bench in Griffith Park, near Disney Studios. He even considered building Disneyland in Griffith Park. Of course, his little idea turned into a much larger dream, and Griffith Park became way too small to contain all the magic he planned to create!